The Hastings David E. Snodgrass Moot Court Competition is firmly grounded in tradition. The competition began with the initiation of the Hastings Program in 1878. In 1963, the Moot Court Board named the Competition to honor the memory of David E. Snodgrass, Dean of the College from 1940 to 1963, and the founder of the "Sixty-Five Club."
All students enrolled in Appellate Advocacy automatically participate in the David E. Snodgrass Moot Court Competition. This intramural Moot Court Competition honors the outstanding appellate brief writers and appellate oral advocates at Hastings. At the end of the fall semester, Appellate Advocacy professors nominate students for the Snodgrass Competition Awards in both the brief and oral argument categories. The Snodgrass Judging Committee members then read the nominated briefs and review videotapes of the nominated oral arguments to determine the winners. Awards for the top ten brief and oral argument winners are presented at the annual Moot Court Awards Ceremony held in April each year. The awards traditionally consist of plaques and certificates.
The David E. Snodgrass Award goes to the student with the best overall score in both brief writing and oral advocacy in the Competition. To be a Snodgrass nominee, the student must win awards in both the brief and oral argument categories. The overall Snodgrass Moot Court winner has his or her name inscribed on the permanent Snodgrass plaque installed at Hastings.
2011 winner Judy Yang received her award from Associate Justice Marvin R. Baxter of the California Supreme Court.